The LA Chargers reinforced their offensive line with the selection of Zion Johnson, the No. 17 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Boston College standout offers elite-level physical traits and three seasons of starting experience.
One of the premier athletes in the draft relative to his position, Johnson has the tools to grow into a top-shelf NFL offensive lineman. He tested impressively at the scouting combine, delivering results that reflect how he plays on the field. Johnson moves extremely well for a man of more than 300 pounds, making him an ideal fit for a league that has embraced wide-zone runs and screens in recent years.
Johnson doesn’t have a flawless profile, however. Standing at less than 6-foot-3, he will probably remain along the interior during his career, limiting his value. Johnson’s 34-inch arms can help him overcome those limitations, but he will probably line up at guard and stay there. That wouldn’t make him a lesser player, but it does make him less valuable in the eyes of many talent evaluators.